Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 Topps Opening Day - Dodger Insert Cards

Below is a look at most of the Dodger inserts found in packs of 2019 Opening Day. Go here to check out the base cards.

As you'll notice, several of the insert sets are basically photo variation cards that use the same base card design but puts in a unique photo. The one twist is that these cards are not short-printed. My favorite of which is they Clayton Kershaw 'Rally Time' card. As you'll see further down, that card not only featured Kershaw, but also includes Manny Machado, Matt Kemp and Chase Utley.

BTW, there are two Max Muncy autographed inserts available, but I yet to see either.

Opening Day Relics

#ODR-CK Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 3/18/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day!

Photo above of Hyun-Jin Ryu via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1958 famed clown Emmett Kelly, signed by the Dodgers to play the teams mascot in Brooklyn, announced that his contract had not been renewed to join the team in LA. The veteran circus performer believes the size of the Coliseum, the club's new home on the West Coast, is just "too big for one clown".
  • Happy Birthday, Oscar WalkerJohnny CooneyGerĂ³nimo BerroaScott Podsednik!

Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Topps Opening Day - The Dodger Base Cards

Topps answer to an entry-level card brand has now hit stores. It is their 2019 Opening Day set, and as you may know it uses the exact same design as their flagship brand released a couple of weeks ago. To distinguish itself from that set they add an Opening Day logo on all the cards. Furthermore, this brand is far cheaper than the flagship set. You can find a hobby box of Opening Day (with 36 packs) for $20-$25; whereas, a box of hobby Series 1 cards (with only 24 packs) will run you about $50-$60. Go here for a complete checklist.

Five Dodgers' can be found in the base set of 200 cards -- three of whom can be found in the Series 1 flagship set with the exact same photos (Seager, Jansen & Kershaw). Max Muncy and Matt Kemp are the other two Dodgers in this set, so we get an early peek at what their card will look like. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last time we see a Matt Kemp card as a Dodger on this flagship design.

BTW, Muncy also has a photo variation available and it happens to feature a pic from a recent walk-off homer. Check it out at the very bottom of this post.


#5 Corey Seager                #21 Kenley Jansen

Blog Kiosk: 3/15/19 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Yasiel Puig faced the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the first time yesterday afternoon. In his first at-bat he singled to right off Ryu. He then grounded out his next two at-bats.

Photo above via David Vassegh on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1945 the Dodgers opened their spring camp at Bear Mountain State Park in upstate New York due to wartime travel restrictions. There were real worries that German U-boats would attack the eastern coast of America During WWII. This is the third straight year the Dodgers would practice here. In 1975 the Dodgers signed 37-year old former Giants and future Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal to a free agent contract. He would retire from the game a little over a month later on April 17th. 
  • Happy BirthdayDoc CaseyRalph MillerRosy RyanLou FetteDick ScottMickey Hatcher & Trayce Thompson!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Relic that Lead to our only 2018 World Series Win

I know the last thing Dodger fans want to be reminded of is the 2018 World Series. After all, we were dealt a crushing and embarrassing blow that I think most fans would rather just forget. This, of course, tends to happen when you're only able to muster one victory in a series -- a win that we very easily could have and probably should have lost.

You know what game I mean.

It was during Game 3 that the Dodgers and Red Sox duked it out for 18 painstaking innings. A game where our premier closer couldn't finish. A game that saw 18 different pitchers take the mound. It was a game that only became winnable when an error committed by the eventually AL Gold Glove winner allowed us to tie the game.

2018 Leaf Valiant - All the Dodgers Cards

We're now in the middle of March 2019 and Leaf is still producing sets with 2018 dateline. What's up with that?

Officially hitting stores this week is Leaf's 2018 Valiant Baseball card brand that focuses on the leagues top prospects and recent MLB Draft picks. There are two Dodger youngsters available in this all autograph product. Check them both out below. Go here for a look at the checklist.

Base Autographs

#BA-DJP D.J. Peters